This post will be moved to the OP once it is completed. I didn't want to remove the images until I had redone the instructions.
First things first, thanks @matthew0776
for getting me started. He helped me learn to make these mods, and allowed me to use his zips as templates. Check out his work in the Candy Shop threads for the Galaxy Nexus
, Nexus 7
, Nexus 4
, and HTC ONE
. His work is top notch, and you will find others offering their own as well. With the guide I've provided, you can take any of the mods you find there, unzip, replace the images with your own, and rezip. Be sure to send him some thanks (click the button, don't just type it please).
Now on to business. A few things you will need, a file explorer with root access including read/write ability (I use ES File Explorer), and an image editor. The read/write is so you can copy system apps if you want to search for your own images to try and mod. You can copy system apps and paste them elsewhere, then extract them to see the image folders. For more detailed image editing you will need to use a pc, but for basic things Picsart or similar will suffice. I also use online-image-editor.com
to do basic transparency work and image overlays. You can do this from your mobile browser. But understand, this is not a tutorial on how to edit images, so you are on your own for that. I'm not that great at it myself. Also, if you are unfamiliar with zipthemer, @ZubaZ
made a great video on that here